GCPH: COVID-19 update

Garfield County Public Health

Comparing incidence rates of vaccinated vs unvaccinated, new CDC guidance, increase in first dose vaccines

On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shifted the mask message for vaccinated persons, stating that in places of high transmission, (as most of the nation is) fully vaccinated individuals should consider wearing masks when indoors. Garfield County is currently listed on the CDC site as “substantial” level of community transmission.

Part of this new messaging is due to the Delta variant, which continues to be the dominantCOVID-19 strain in Garfield and surrounding counties. The Delta variant is more contagious and has been linked to increased breakthrough cases. A breakthrough case occurs when a fully vaccinated individual contracts COVID-19. However, for the fully vaccinated, it does not appear to increase hospitalization or death risk.

Vaccinations remain the best defense against severe disease, hospitalizations, and death.

Slight decline in cases
Over the past 14 days, there has been a slight decrease in COVID-19 cases, dropping from approximately 12 per day to 9.7, along with a decrease in the test positivity rate from a high of 7.4 percent to five percent.

Increase in first dose vaccines given
For the first time in several weeks, Garfield County providers administered more first doses of COVID-19 vaccine than second doses. Out of the 588 doses administered over the past week,348 were first doses. This is nearly 60 percent first doses, and a good sign that people who may have been holding off are now ready to become vaccinated.

COVID-19 numbers for Garfield County
118 total breakthrough cases for Garfield County
2 currently hospitalized
51 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19
14 deaths since the first week in May
91% of our hospitalized cases since July have been unvaccinated
100% of all COVID-19 tests sequenced in Colorado are the Delta variant as of July 11, 2021

Incidence rate for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals
Garfield County Public Health examined the COVID-19 incidence rate in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals over the past seven- and 14-day periods and found the burden of the COVID-19 disease to be largely on those who are unvaccinated.

Using the state demography office estimates, there are 60,168 individuals in Garfield County.
As of July 30, there were 28,843 fully vaccinated individuals, leaving 31,325 unvaccinated individuals (including children too young to be vaccinated).

Cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County
Total cases 59 July 24-30
Breakthrough cases 9 July 24-30
Total cases 136 July 17-30
Breakthrough cases 24 July 17-30


Cumulative Incidence* Rate Comparison
7-day vaccinated 31.2 July 24-30
7-day unvaccinated 159.6 July 24-30
14-day vaccinated 83.2 July 17-30
14-day unvaccinated 434.2 July 17-30
*The cumulative incidence (CI) rate is a measure of the frequency that COVID is occurring over a specific time period and calculated per 100,000 people. It provides a picture of the state of the pandemic in a community.

Vaccine breakdown in Garfield County
• 63.3 percent of the eligible population have at least one dose
• 56.8 percent fully vaccinated
• 58 percent of females within the eligible population are fully vaccinated, while males are 55 percent

Age GroupPercent fully vaccinated
12-1529%
16-1840%
19-2948%
30-3949%
40-4956%
50-5960%
60-6975%
70-7986%
80+76%

Back to school is nearly here; leave kids enough time to get both doses
Garfield County area schools begin mid-August. Parents who wish to have their 12 and older aged children fully vaccinated by the start of the 21-22 school year need to allow 21 days between doses of vaccine. It takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective.

That means that now is the optimal time to get students vaccinated in order to have them fully protected at the start of this school year.

Full list of upcoming vaccine clinics
Clinics are offered every day of the week in various locations throughout Garfield County. A list of vaccine clinics can be found on the English web page, Spanish web page, and on Facebook
@Garfieldhealth.

GCPH: COVID-19 update

GCPH: New mortality data, $100 Comeback Cash announced for Rifle, back to school vaccines

Garfield County Public Health

New mortality data, $100 Comeback Cash announced for Rifle, back to school vaccines

COVID-19 update

There is a national discussion around whether reporting new cases or hospitalizations is the more appropriate metric. Nationally, COVID-19 hospitalizations are up 23 percent from the past week. In Colorado, they are up four percent. Garfield County has remained relatively stable.

COVID remains a pandemic of the unvaccinated. In the U.S., estimates are approximately 97 percent of people being seen in hospitals for COVID are unvaccinated.

Garfield County Public Health staff remains concerned that the majority of cases and all of the current hospitalizations are for unvaccinated persons.

Garfield County COVID-19 vaccination status

Leading causes of death for U.S. and Garfield County in 2020

Sobering numbers were released by the National Center for Health Statistics this week. COVID-19 became the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The average U.S. life expectancy dropped to the lowest level in 18 years (77.3 years). The Hispanic/Latino population had the sharpest drop, with three years decreased life expectancy, followed by non-Hispanic Black Americans at 2.9, and non-Hispanic White Americans at 1.2 years.

Garfield County’s all-cause mortality data was recently released by the State of Colorado, revealing COVID-19 as the fourth leading cause of death, and bumping chronic lower respiratory diseases to number five.

Leading causes of death in 2020 for Garfield County residents:

Total deaths, 395

  1. Major cardiovascular diseases – 81
  2. Cancer (all-types) – 71
  3. Accidents (motor vehicle crash, falls, etc.) – 40
  4. COVID – 34
  5. Chronic lower respiratory disease – 23
  6. Suicide – 14
  7. Drug-related overdose – 11
  8. Parkinson’s – 8
  9. Cirrhotic diseases of the liver – 8

Hospitalizations and deaths

  • Four Garfield County residents are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 (hospitals may be within or outside of Garfield County)
  • 12 Garfield County deaths have occurred due to COVID-19 since the first week in May. COVID remains a leading cause of death in the county for 2021.
  • In the U.S., there have been 610,000 SARS-CoV-2 deaths (as of July 23, 2021) compared to the 675,000 deaths caused by the 1918 flu pandemic.

Breakthrough cases

A breakthrough case occurs when a fully vaccinated individual tests positive for COVID-19. Last week Garfield County had 15 breakthrough cases, which is 21% of the total cases for the week. Out of the 31,000 people vaccinated, there have been 103 breakthrough cases.

$100 Giveaway Comeback Cash vaccine clinics

*New CDPHE state-run, Comeback Cash Giveawaywill offer $100 Walmart gift cards to anyone getting a first or second dose of COVID vaccine on July 30 at the Rifle Walmart.

Please see the Colorado Comeback Cash site for all details

*This is a special event specific to this day and location

*Please do not call the following locations for information about gift cards. Please call our vaccine hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926). The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help answer any questions.

Unvaccinated long term care staff investigations

Unvaccinated staff are at the center of a federal investigation into rising nursing home deaths in Grand Junction.

Back to school is nearly here; ensure kids have time to get both doses

Schools in Garfield County begin mid-August. Parents looking to have their students fully vaccinated by the start of the 21-22 school year need to allow 21 days between doses of vaccine. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective.

That means that now is the optimal time to get students vaccinated in order to have them fully protected at the start of this school year.

Full list of upcoming vaccine clinics

Clinics are offered every day of the week in various locations throughout Garfield County. A list of vaccine clinics is on the English web page, Spanish web page, and on Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

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Informe actualizado sobre COVID-19

Nuevos datos de mortalidad, $ 100 Comeback Cash anunciado para Rifle, vacunas para regreso escolar

Existe un debate nacional sobre si la métrica apropiada seria informar de nuevos casos u hospitalizaciones.  A nivel nacional, las hospitalizaciones por COVID-19 aumentaron un 23 por ciento con respecto a la semana pasada.  En Colorado, han subido un cuatro por ciento. El condado de Garfield se ha mantenido relativamente estable.

COVID sigue siendo una pandemia de personas no vacunadas. En los Estados Unidos, se estima que aproximadamente el 97 por ciento de personas atendidas en hospitales por COVID no están vacunadas. El personal de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield se preocupa porque la mayoría de los casos y todas las hospitalizaciones recientes son personas que no se han vacunado.

Principales causas de muerte en Estados Unidos Y en el Condado Garfield en el 2020

El Centro Nacional de Estadísticas de Salud dio a conocer cifras alarmantes esta semana. COVID-19 se convirtió la tercera causa principal de muerte en los Estados Unidos.  El promedio de esperanza de vida en Estados Unidos cayó al nivel más bajo en 18 años (77.3 años).  La población hispana/latina tuvo la caída más fuerte, con una baja de esperanza de vida por tres años, seguida por los estadounidenses afroamericanos no hispanos por 2.9 años y los estadounidenses blancos no hispanos por 1.2 años.

Datos sobre las causas de mortalidad en el Condado Garfield fueron publicados recientemente por el Estado de Colorado, revelando que el COVID-19 es la cuarta causa principal de muerte y colocando en el quinto lugar las enfermedades crónicas de las vías respiratorias.

Principales causas de muerte en el 2020 para residentes del Condado de Garfield:

Muertes en total, 395

  1. Enfermedades cardiovasculares – 81
  2. Cáncer (todo tipo) – 71
  3. Accidentes (automovilísticos, caídas, etc.) – 40
  4. COVID – 34
  5. Enfermedad crónica de las vías respiratorias – 23
  6. Suicidio – 14
  7. Sobredosis relacionada por drogas – 11
  8. Parkinson’s – 8
  9. Cirrosis del hígado – 8

Hospitalizaciones y muertes

  • Cuatro residentes del Condado Garfield están actualmente hospitalizados por COVID-19 (los hospitales pueden estar dentro o fuera del Condado Garfield)
  • Se han producido 12 muertes en el Condado Garfield debido al COVID-19 desde la primera semana de mayo.  COVID sigue siendo una de las principales causas de muerte en el condado para 2021.
  • En Estados Unidos, ha habido 610,000 muertes por SARS-CoV-2 (hasta el 23 de julio de 2021) en comparación con las 675,000 muertes causadas por la pandemia de gripe de 1918.

Casos positivos en vacunados (Breakthrough)

Un caso de ‘breakthrough’ ocurre cuando un individuo completamente vacunado da positivo a COVID-19.  La semana pasada, el Condado Garfield tuvo 15 casos, que es el 21% del total de casos de la semana.  De las 31,000 personas vacunadas, se han registrado 103 casos.

Clínicas de vacunación ofrecen incentivo de $100

*El nuevo incentivo de Comeback Cash de CDPHE, administrado por el estado, ofrecerá tarjetas de Walmart de $100 a cualquier persona que reciba la primera o segunda dosis de la vacuna COVID el 30 de julio en el Walmart de Rifle.

Por favor ver el sitio Comeback Cash de Colorado para detalles

*Este es un evento específico para este día y lugar.

*No llame a la ubicación para obtener información sobre tarjetas de regalo.  Llame a nuestra línea directa de vacunas al 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926).  La línea directa está disponible las 24 horas del día, los siete días de la semana para ayudar a responder cualquier pregunta.

Investigaciones de personal no vacunado de atención a largo plazo

Personal no vacunado está en el centro de una investigación federal sobre el aumento de muertes en hogares de tercera edad en Grand Junction.

Regreso a clases casi está aquí; asegúrese que los niños tengan tiempo para recibir ambas dosis

Las escuelas en el Condado Garfield comienzan a mediados de agosto. Los padres que deseen que sus estudiantes estén completamente vacunados al inicio del año escolar 2021-2022 deben dejar 21 días entre las dosis de la vacuna. Se necesitan dos semanas para que la vacuna sea completamente efectiva.

Eso significa que ahora es el momento óptimo para vacunar a los estudiantes para que estén completamente protegidos al inicio de este año escolar.

Lista de las próximas clínicas de vacunación

Las clínicas se ofrecen todos los días de la semana en varios lugares del Condado Garfield. Una lista de clínicas de vacunas está disponible el sitio web en inglés, sitio web en español, y en  Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

GCPH: New mortality data, $100 Comeback Cash announced for Rifle, back to school vaccines

Garfield County COVID-19 summary: a pandemic of the unvaccinated and other news

PLEASE NOTE correction in this section below (percentages were switched in original version)
Rifle vaccination rates half of Glenwood Springs, Parachute a third; infection rates follow
• Garfield County has 55.4% of the population fully vaccinated, with 61.7% having at least one dose.
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All COVID hospitalizations since June 1 for unvaccinated people
Since June 1:
• 100% of Garfield County residents hospitalized for COVID have been unvaccinated.
• There have been nine deaths due to COVID. Five were unvaccinated, four were vaccinated – two were part of long-term care outbreaks due to unvaccinated staff, two had severe underlying conditions placing them at high risk.
• 86% of people testing positive for COVID are unvaccinated. Since June 1, there have been 360 COVID cases. Of those, 50 people who contracted COVID were fully vaccinated. One third of the 50 were infected through long-term care facility outbreaks.

Back to school is nearly here, leave kids enough time to get both doses
Garfield County schools are back to class in mid-August. Parents looking to have their students fully vaccinated by the start of the 21-22 school year need to allow 21 days between doses of vaccine. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective. That means that this week is the optimal time to get students vaccinated to have them fully protected at the start of this school year.

Rifle vaccination rates half of Glenwood Springs, Parachute a third; infection rates follow
• Garfield County has 55.4% of the population fully vaccinated, with 61.7% having at least one dose.
Rates of vaccinations in Rifle are almost half of those in Glenwood Springs. Rates in Parachute are less than a third of those in Glenwood.
• To hit the goal of 70% fully vaccinated, Garfield needs 4,239 more people got get a first dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J), and more than 7,000 people to become fully vaccinated.

Comparing municipalities: Low vaccine rates = high COVID case numbers
COVID incidence rate by municipality (per 10,000 persons)
Parachute/Battlement 126
Silt 91
Rifle 74
Glenwood Springs 51
New Castle 44
Carbondale 35

HIPAA and privacy laws for COVID vaccines
Vaccination is covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), however it only applies to HIPAA-covered entities (healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses and the business associates). HIPAA does not apply to most employers.

Employers may ask for proof of vaccination
If an employer asks an employee to supply proof of COVID vaccine to allow that individual to work without wearing a facemask, that is not a HIPAA violation. Asking about vaccine status would not violate HIPAA, but other laws could be violated. An example would be requiring employees to share additional health information, such as the reason why they are not vaccinated, could potentially violate federal laws.

A map of COVID-19 hot spots in the U.S. on July 7, 2021.

National news: CDC designates Garfield a virus hot spot
The Delta variant is now the dominant strain across the globe. In Colorado, 89% of all COVID test results are currently
Delta variant. Garfield County made national news last week as a virus “hot spot.” This designation was given to Garfield due to a high incidence rate (how much of the virus is circulating) and increase in test positivity (how many tests come back positive). The increase in test positivity, was higher than Mesa County for the period. The designation also looked at hospitalizations and ICU bed use from COVID admissions, which are both “high.” These statistics coupled with mediocre vaccination rates compared to the rest of the nation contributed to the designation.

Delta – one person can infect six others
Studies are showing that the Delta variant is more contagious (one person can infect up to six others) but not necessarily more severe or lethal than other variants. For comparison, a person with seasonal flu typically infects only one additional person.

Vaccines still showing 88% efficacy
The vaccines on the market currently are still showing an efficacy rate of 88%. They are not necessarily developed to keep people from being infected, rather to keep people from developing symptoms and spreading the virus.

Upcoming vaccine clinics
Clinics are offered every day of the week in various locations throughout Garfield County. A list of vaccine clinics can be found on the English web page, Spanish web page, and on Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

Garfield County COVID-19 summary: a pandemic of the unvaccinated and other news

Mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics July 9-15

State holds mobile vaccine clinic in Glenwood Springs

Colorado State Emergency Operations Center

July 9, 2021: The state of Colorado and its partners are offering mobile and pop-up vaccination clinics across the state this coming week, including at the Colorado Black Arts Festival, Mary Jane Neal Community Cookout at the Pueblo City Park, and the return to Raíces Brewery for “Vaccination to Victory,” where Raíces will be offering 10% off to anyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine at the event. 

Vaccines are free, and no insurance, ID, or appointment are required to get vaccinated. Coloradans can find vaccines near them at covid19.colorado.gov/vaccinefinder

Sunday, July 11

Glenwood Meadows Retail Center

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

105 E. Meadows Dr., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Many other clinics are being held statewide. https://covid19.colorado.gov/press-release/mobile-and-pop-up-vaccine-clinics-july-9-15

Continue to stay up to date by visiting covid19.colorado.gov.

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El estado tiene una clínica móvil de vacunas en Glenwood Springs

REMOTO, (9 de julio de 2021): El estado de Colorado y sus socios están ofreciendo clínicas móviles y eventos de vacunación en todo el estado la semana que viene, incluyendo en el Festival de Black Arts de Colorado, el evento comunitario de Mary Jane Neal en Pueblo City Park y el regreso a Raíces Brewery para “La vacunación hacia la victoria”, donde Raíces estará ofreciendo un descuento del 10% para todas las personas que reciben una vacuna contra el COVID-19 durante el evento.

Las vacunas son gratuitas y no se requiere identificación o cita previa para vacunarse. Los habitantes de Colorado pueden encontrar vacunas cercanas a ellos en covid19.colorado.gov/vaccinefinder

Domingo, 11 de julio

Glenwood Meadows Retail Center

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

105 E. Meadows Dr., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Muchas otras clínicas se llevan a cabo en todo el estado. https://covid19.colorado.gov/press-release/mobile-and-pop-up-vaccine-clinics-july-9-15

Continúe manteniéndose informado visitando covid19.colorado.gov.

Mobile and pop-up vaccine clinics July 9-15

Governor Polis ends COVID-19 health emergency order

DENVER – Today, Governor Polis ended the Health Emergency Executive Orders for COVID-19 and rescinded all previous executive orders issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and signed a recovery executive order to focusing only on those measures related to the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, focusing Colorado’s efforts on building back stronger from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“This has been a challenging year for our state and country. We’ve experienced pain and loss but through it all, Coloradans did their part, made good choices by wearing masks, socially distancing, and sacrificing moments with loved ones, and we succeeded in having one of the lowest COVID fatality rates in the nation,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We have been supportive of empowering individuals to make the best decisions for themselves and their families and been guided by science every step of the way over this rocky ground. And while we have reached a milestone with over 70% of our state receiving the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, we must remain vigilant. Today, thanks to the decisions and resilience of Coloradans, our economy is roaring back and we are taking the next bold step to ensure Colorado is building back stronger than before.”

More than 70 % of adult Coloradans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, marking a milestone in the state’s efforts to end the pandemic. The State is focused on ensuring that every Coloradan who wants a vaccine will get a vaccine. Coloradans must remain vigilant against COVID variants and the state is managing the response to these challenges in partnership with local public health.   Colorado has the 10th lowest fatality rate per capita of every state in the nation.

Governor Polis addressed Coloradans directly about this new executive action in a video message.

Today, Governor Polis and Colorado’s team of experts believe Coloradans – thanks to the tireless efforts of countless Coloradans to beat back this virus – are ready to take the next step forward. Governor Polis and the administration are re-focusing the state’s pandemic response to prioritize increasing vaccine uptake and economic recovery efforts. That means getting Coloradans back to work sooner and allowing our state to recover faster. This Executive Order ensures Colorado can continue getting the life-saving and safe vaccine into arms, secures resources to effectively treat COVID patients, and continues access to federal resources as our economy builds back stronger than before. It also means rescinding provisions in prior Executive Orders that are no longer needed.

“The State has made tremendous progress in terms of containing and treating infection and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Over seventy percent of adults have now received at least one dose of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine, and we are beginning to see life return to a new normal. I am therefore rescinding all previous Executive Orders issued due to COVID-19 and amending and restating this executive order to focus only on those measures related to the State’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency,” the executive order reads.

Governor Polis ends COVID-19 health emergency order

Governor: 70 percent of Colorado adults have received at least one dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine

Colorado ahead of President Joe Biden’s aspirational goal of vaccinating 70% of Americans aged 18 & up by Independence Day

DENVER – Governor Jared Polis announced today that 70.04% of Colorado adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the state has met President Joe Biden’s aspirational goal of vaccinating 70% of Americans aged 18 and up by July 4th. 

“I am excited that our state has reached the goal of 70% of adults with at least their first vaccination by Independence Day. This is an exciting milestone for the people of our state, it is a testament to our resilience and united commitment in the fight against this deadly virus. The vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect ourselves and enjoy the life we love in Colorado,” said Governor Polis. “Our country has a simple tool to stop the loss in the form of a safe, highly effective, and free vaccine so get your vaccine to safeguard yourself and your family.”  

To date, 3,154,395 Coloradans 18 and older and 3,344,512 total Coloradans have been immunized with one dose. 2,957,758 Coloradans are fully immunized. Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Find out where to get vaccinated by visiting https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine/where-you-can-get-vaccinated

While the United States as a whole has not achieved the goal and stands at 67% of adults with their first dose, Colorado is proud to be among the handful of states to make great progress in defeating the deadly virus and achieve President Biden’s goal. 

Governor: 70 percent of Colorado adults have received at least one dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine

GCPH: COVID-19 summary for the week of June 21

Hospitalizations, death increase; Delta variant concern for unvaccinated individuals; move to Yellow

On June 18, Garfield County had six individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 – all were unvaccinated. There has been an increase in deaths due to COVID-19 since the first of May. Prior to May, there had not been any COVID deaths since February. Substantial evidence shows that low vaccination rates are contributing to high levels of disease spread, increased hospitalizations and deaths. Garfield County has significant increases in cases of the Delta variant, primarily affecting unvaccinated individuals.

Garfield County Public Health, Valley View and Grand River Health held a webinar earlier this week to explain the current COVID situation in Garfield County. View the webinar on Facebook @Garfield Health or Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84217870813 – Webinar ID: 842 1787 0813.

County vaccinations at 52%

There continues to be a slow, steady increase in vaccinations among adults, with nearly 26,600 persons vaccinated. Sixty-three percent of adults 19 and older have received one dose. There was a 72% increase in 12- to 15-year-olds becoming fully vaccinated and a 10% increase in those receiving first doses.

Counties with low vaccination rates show increased hospitalizations

The above graph represents the negative correlation between the percent of population vaccinated and hospitalizations. On the trend line, hospitalizations per 100k persons decrease as the percent of the population fully vaccinated increases. As of last week, neighboring Eagle County had seven new coronavirus cases for the week, Pitkin County had one. Mesa County added 254. Garfield County added 37 cases which is a rolling average of 5.3 cases per day.

Mesa County is changing the way it presents data, providing a detailed look at hospital capacity. Considering Garfield County cases, this is important as those that need hospitalization may not be able to be transferred to the closest hospital. Mesa reports 91.6% of the hospital beds in the county are being utilized as well as 90.9% of staffed ICU beds and 82.1% of ventilators.

Breakthrough cases

A breakthrough case is someone who is considered fully vaccinated (one shot of Johnson & Johnson or a two-dose cycle of Moderna and Pfizer) and is exposed after two weeks from receiving their second dose and contracts the virus. As of June 18, Garfield has had 46 breakthrough cases out of the 26,000 people who have been fully vaccinated. Less than two-tenths of a percent of people vaccinated have had a reported positive case of the virus. The vaccine in Garfield County is well within the published vaccine efficacy rates, continuing to have one of the highest rates of efficacy of any type of vaccine.

COVID-19 outbreaks & long-term care facility impacts

  • A large outbreak is being investigated in a private company that has led to over 20 people ill, several hospitalizations and one death, in employees who are unvaccinated.
  • Three long-term care facilities are involved in outbreaks impacting over 28 staff and residents. In the case of one long term care facility, 92% of staff were vaccinated. However, five out of six staff tested positive and were unvaccinated. Five residents tested positive and one death occurred.
  • Due to low staff vaccination rates, long-term care facilities were required to send in vaccination plans to the state health department.
  • Long-term care facilities are now required to follow enhanced infection control protocols.
  • Mesa had 24 deaths in the last month, 33% of those deaths in 80+ years

Move to Yellow on dial

Garfield has moved the county dial to the yellow (concerned) tier based on cumulative incidence and test positivity rates. The dial is no longer tied to state restrictions; however, it provides a sense of how it is impacting the community.

Upcoming vaccine clinics

Clinics are being offered every day of the week in various locations throughout Garfield County. A list of vaccine clinics can be found on the English webpage, Spanish webpage, and on Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

CURRENT STATS

Geographic areaTotal casesCurrently hospitalizedDeathsRecovered
Global177,563,153Not Available (N/A)3,844,571161,866,135
United States33,512,48013,862601,049N/A
Colorado552,7263796,830N/A
Garfield County6,1697*43 ConfirmedN/A
Eagle County6,128023N/A
Pitkin County2,501N/A4N/A
Mesa County16,6094215016,092

* Hospitalized cases that GCPH is tracking though the contact investigation process.

* From Johns Hopkins, covidtracking.com, CDPHE, Our World in Data, Statista and the CDC

CASES SINCE LAST WEEK

  • 37 cases added over the previous 7-day period, for a rolling average of 5.3 cases added per day. Down 17 cases from last week.

DEATHS

  • 43 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths
  • 2 deaths have occurred amongst COVID-19 cases; cause of death was not COVID-19
  • 1 deaths under investigation  
  • 2 new death reported since last week

METRICS (6/12 – 6/8)

Day7-day cumulative incidence7-day test positivity rate14-day cumulative incidence14-day test positivity rate
Saturday83.15.9%166.25.1%
Sunday83.15.1%169.55.0%
Monday81.45.1%162.94.8%
Tuesday76.54.8%152.94.6%
Wednesday81.45.5%159.64.4%
Thursday79.84.6%162.94.6%
Friday76.54.5%159.64.8%

HOSPITALIZATIONS

*Percent of cases Public Health is tracking through the contact tracing process

Saturday: 13.7%
Sunday: 14%
Monday: 13.7%
Tuesday: 12.5%
Wednesday: 15.9%
Thursday: 20%
Friday: 18.9%    

VACCINATIONS

VaccineFirst dosesSecond doses
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)2,412
Pfizer11,1539,205
Moderna16,73915,004
Total30,30424,209
Difference from last week5601,167

*As of June 17, for individuals vaccinated anywhere in the state with a Garfield County address.

The following are the total number of doses administered by Garfield County providers as of June 17.

First dosesSecond dosesDoses administered for the week
All providers as of 6/1730,06524,4521,243
GCPH: COVID-19 summary for the week of June 21

Governor Polis announces winner of second $1 Million Colorado Comeback Cash vaccine drawing

Three more chances for Coloradans to win $1 million 

DENVER – Governor Polis announced the winner of the second $1 million Colorado Comeback Cash Vaccine Drawing. Stephanie Ward of Littleton is the latest Coloradan to win the drawing. 

“Each person has their own reason for getting vaccinated and everyone who gets protected is a winner. Whether it’s to protect your own health, travel again, see family, or maybe it’s to win a million dollars, there are so many reasons to get the lifesaving COVID vaccine. Congratulations to Stephanie and her family on winning $1 million just for quickly and easily getting vaccinated,” said Governor Polis. “From any free drive-thru options at one of Colorado’s six community vaccination sites, to your family doctor, or even the local CVS or Walgreens down the road, there are a variety of ways to get a shot today. Don’t wait, get the highly effective, free COVID vaccine as soon as you can.”

“It is my honor to be Colorado’s second comeback cash winner. Initially, my family wasn’t in agreement with getting the COVID vaccine. But we weighed the risks and benefits and ultimately, we decided the benefits outweighed any fears that we had,” said Stephanie Ward, Colorado’s second Comeback Cash winner. “COVID is a very real thing and for myself and a lot of people, we’ve all had losses over this past year and time lost that we can’t take back with our loved ones. Our hope in getting the COVID-19 vaccine is to get back to normalcy and protect our loved ones.”

There are still three more chances for Coloradans to win $1 million as part of the Colorado Comeback Cash drawing. Coloradans 18 and older who have received the vaccine will be automatically registered to win. Winners will be announced June 18, June 25, with the final winner being announced on July 7. Coloradans must be vaccinated by June 30 to qualify to win on July 7. 

Younger Coloradans ages 12 to 17 are eligible for the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing. Five eligible Coloradans will be randomly selected to win a $50,000 scholarship each week for four weeks. Drawings for the Comeback Cash Scholarship will occur on Mondays and winners will be announced on Thursdays June 17, June 24, July 1, and July 8.

For more information, please read the frequently asked questions and the official rules. Coloradans can also visit ColoradoComebackCash.com and LaVacunaDelMillon.com to learn more about the $1 million and scholarship drawings. 

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Governor Polis announces winner of second $1 Million Colorado Comeback Cash vaccine drawing

Governor Polis announces first round of Colorado Comeback Cash scholarship drawing winners

Today, Governor Polis announced the first five $50,000 winners of Colorado’s Comeback Cash Scholarship Drawing. Governor Polis was joined by Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

“Congratulations to our very first winners of the Colorado Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing!” said Governor Polis. “As some of the younger Coloradans eligible to receive the incredibly effective vaccine, I thank you for doing your part to protect yourself, your family, your classmates, and other members of your community. This lifesaving vaccine is our ticket for students to return to the classroom, and an opportunity to win a $50,000 scholarship, which can open a multitude of doors for students pursuing advanced education. I encourage you, whether you’re in high school or in your 60’s, to make a plan today to get this vaccine.”  

The winners of this week’s scholarship drawing are Natalie M. of Centennial, Arianna Garcia (14) of Longmont, Liam Atkins (15) of Boulder, Brett Cheney (16) of Mesa County, and Gabriella Sleight (14) of Littleton. 

Thomas M. of Steamboat Springs additionally won the scholarship but gave it to another Coloradan as he has already secured a full-ride scholarship to college. 

Vaccinated Coloradans ages 12-17 are eligible for the $50,000 scholarship and will be randomly selected over the next few weeks. Four additional drawings for the Comeback Cash Scholarship will occur on Mondays and winners will be announced on Thursdays, June 17, June 24, July 1, and July 8. 

The funds will be placed in a CollegeInvest account for the student to use when they pursue postsecondary education, including higher and technical education or credential programs. The funds can be left in the interest-bearing account for future educational use.

To learn more about the Comeback Cash Scholarship drawing, visit: 

ColoradoComebackCash.com and also view the Frequently Asked Questions

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GCPH COVID-19 weekly summary: Hospitalization increases, vaccine rates by age

Hospitalizations: There has been a sharp 71 percent increase in the number of hospitalized cases that GCPH is tracking through case investigation. This is a reminder that the virus is not gone and not everyone reacts to the virus the same way. Some people are at much greater risk of severe illness. Overall, there are fewer cases and hospitalizations, however approximately 15 percent of all of the current COVID cases are hospitalized.

Incidence & test positivity: The incidence and test positivity rate have been stable even with people moving around more.  This stabilization is being attributed to the vaccine’s effectiveness and increased summer outdoor-based activities.

Vaccines: 12- to 15-year-olds had a 30 percent increase in vaccinations and 16- to 18-year-olds had a 40% percent increase in becoming fully vaccinated. Many 12- to 15-year-olds are now eligible for their second doses.

Breakdown of percentages with at least one dose of vaccine by age group.

Age GroupPercent with at least one vaccination
12-1523%
16-1839%
19-2948%
30-3949%
40-4957%
50-5962%
60-6977%
70-7989%
80+81%

This week’s Public Health COVID clinics

Glenwood Springs, Thursday, June 10
Public Health in Glenwood Springs, 2014 Blake Avenue
3 – 5 pm
Moderna and Pfizer (J&J vaccine if available)
*First or second dose welcome *Walk in or register

A list of vaccine clinics can be found on the English webpage, Spanish webpage, and on Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

Current Stats – these come from Johns Hopkins, covidtracking.com, CDPHE, Our World in Data, CDC, Statista

Geographic Area Total Cases Currently Hospitalized Deaths Recovered Global 172,293,942 Not Available (N/A) 3,704,833 156,140,823 United States 33,335,650 18,770 596,783 N/A Colorado 545,002 483 6,603 N/A Garfield County 6078 7* 40 Confirmed N/A Eagle County 6,116 0 23 N/A Pitkin County 2,498 N/A 4 N/A Mesa County 15,987 31 142 15,368    

* Hospitalized cases that GCPH is tracking though the contact investigation process.

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Cases since last week

52 cases added over the last 7-day period for a rolling average of 7.43 cases per day.

Deaths

40 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths
2 deaths have occurred amongst COVID-19 cases; cause of death was not COVID-19
0 deaths being investigated        
0 new death reported since last week

Metrics (5/22-5/28):

Day7-day Cumulative Incidence7-day Test Positivity Rate14-day Cumulative Incidence14-day Test Positivity Rate
Saturday83.13.5%169.533.4%
Sunday79.83.3%177.83.5%
Monday81.43.2%174.53.7%
Tuesday86.43.6%182.83.9%
Wednesday84.84.4%177.84.1%
Thursday79.83.8%184.54%
Friday84.74.5%186.24.2%

Hospitalizations : percent of cases that Garfield County Public Health is tracking through the case investigation process:

Saturday: 4%
Sunday: 3.7%
Monday: 3.8%
Tuesday: 3.8%
Wednesday: 16%
Thursday: 16.7%
Friday: 15.2%    

Vaccinations

As of June 3, for individuals vaccinated anywhere in the state with a Garfield County address.

VaccineFirst DosesSecond Doses
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)2,315
Pfizer10,5098,101
Moderna16,40414,393
Total29,22822,494
Difference from last week616484

The following are the total number of doses administered by Garfield County providers as of June 3rd.

First DosesSecond DosesDoses Administered for the week
All providers as of 6/329,26923,1361,200

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Resumen semanal sobre COVID-19

6.8.21
Aumentan hospitalizaciones, tasas de vacunación por edad

Hospitalizaciones: Ha habido un fuerte aumento del 71 por ciento en el número de hospitalizaciones en el Condado Garfield debido a COVID en la última semana. Esto es un recordatorio de que el virus no ha desaparecido y que no todos reaccionan al virus de la misma manera. Algunas personas tienen un riesgo mucho mayor de enfermarse grave. En general, hay menos casos y hospitalizaciones; sin embargo, aproximadamente el 15 por ciento de todos los casos actuales de COVID son hospitalizados.

Incidencia Y Positividad de Prueba: La incidencia y la tasa de positividad de la prueba  se han mantenido estables incluso ahora que personas empiezan a moverse más. Esta estabilización se atribuye a la eficacia de la vacuna y al aumento de actividades al aire libre durante el verano.

Vacunas: Aumentó un 30% la vacunación en jóvenes de 12 a 15 años y aumentó un 40% la vacunación completa en jóvenes de 16 a 18 años. Muchos jóvenes de 12 a 15 años ya son elegibles para recibir sus segundas dosis.

Distinción por porcentajes con al menos una dosis de vacuna por grupo de edad.

Grupo de EdadPorcentaje con al menos una vacuna
12-1523%
16-1839%
19-2948%
30-3949%
40-4957%
50-5962%
60-6977%
70-7989%
80+81%

Clínicas semanales de vacunación para COVID de Salud Pública

Glenwood Springs, jueves, junio 10
Public Health in Glenwood Springs, 2014 Blake Avenue
3 – 5 pm
Moderna and Pfizer (vacuna J&J depende de disponibilidad)
*Primera y segunda dosis son bienvenidos *Sin cita o regístrese para cita

Puede encontrar una lista sobre las clínicas de vacunación en la página web en inglés, página web en español, y en Facebook @Garfieldhealth.

Estadísticas actuales – provienen de Johns Hopkins, covidtracking.com, del CDPHE, Our World in Data, CDC y Statista

Área Geográfica Total de Casos Actualmente Hospitalizados Muertes Recuperados Global 172,293,942 No Disponible (N/A) 3,704,833 156,140,823 Estados Unidos 33,335,650 18,770 596,783 N/A Colorado 545,002 483 6,603 N/A Condado Garfield 6078 7* 40 Confirmados N/A Condado Eagle 6,116 0 23 N/A Condado Pitkin 2,498 N/A 4 N/A Condado Mesa 15,987 31 142 15,368    

* Casos hospitalizados que GCPH está rastreando a través del proceso de investigación de contactos.

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Casos desde la semana pasada

Se agregaron 52 casos durante el último período de 7 días para un promedio móvil de 7.43 casos por día.

Muertes

40 confirmadas que fueron relacionadas por COVID-19
Se han producido 2 muertes entre los casos de COVID-19; se determinó que fueron causadas por algo distinto al COVID-19
0 muertes investigadas
0 nuevas muertes reportadas desde la semana pasada

Métricas (5/22-5/28):

DíaIncidencia acumulada por 7 díasTasa de positividad de la prueba por 7 díasIncidencia acumulada por 14 díasTasa de positividad a la prueba por 14 días
sábado83.13.5%169.533.4%
domingo79.83.3%177.83.5%
lunes81.43.2%174.53.7%
martes86.43.6%182.83.9%
miércoles84.84.4%177.84.1%
jueves79.83.8%184.54%
viernes84.74.5%186.24.2%

Hospitalizaciones: porcentaje de casos que el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado Garfield está rastreando a través del proceso de investigación de contactos:

sábado: 4%
domingo: 3.7%
lunes: 3.8%
martes: 3.8%
miércoles: 16%
jueves: 16.7%
viernes: 15.2%  

Vacunaciones

A partir del 3 de junio, personas vacunadas en cualquier parte del estado con una dirección en el Condado Garfield.

VacunaPrimera DosisSegunda Dosis
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)2,315
Pfizer10,5098,101
Moderna16,40414,393
Total29,22822,494
Diferencia a la semana pasada616484

Los siguientes son el número total de dosis administradas por proveedores del Condado Garfield desde el 3 de junio.

Primeras DosisSegundas DosisDosis administradas durante la semana
Todos los Proveedores desde 6/329,26923,1361,200
GCPH COVID-19 weekly summary: Hospitalization increases, vaccine rates by age